Liturgy of the Word for Children
Liturgy of the Word for children is an age-appropriate Liturgy of the Word offered for ages 3-1st grade at both of the 10:30 a.m. Masses.
No pre-registration is necessary.
All children are welcome and encouraged to attend when Fr. calls them forward before the Word is proclaimed at Mass. The adult catechist with the teen volunteers will lead the children to the designated Liturgy of the Word room on the lower level of the school building. The children will learn the same Scripture readings as the rest of the congregation and return after the homily. They are taught a simplified main message of the readings and are encouraged to share that message with their families after Mass.
Adult volunteers are needed to catechize as well as teen volunteers to assist with the young children. There is a rotating schedule. This is a great opportunity for the adults and middle/high school students to assist with these eager youngsters to grow closer to our Lord through the Word of God.
For more info or to get involved please contact the Coordinator of Religious Education, Karen Mesler
636-397-1440 x. 235
Prepare for Mass:
This year we use the Cycle A readings. Source: "2016-2017, Celebrating the Lectionary, Supplemental Lectionary-Based Resource for Preschool and Kindergarten, Liturgy Training Publications)
Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 14, 2017
Gospel (Based on John 14:1-12)
Jesus said to his disciples, "Don't be worried! Have faith in God and have faith in me. There are many rooms in my Father's house. I wouldn't tell you this, unless it was true. I am going there to prepare a place for each of you. After I have done this, I will come back and take you with me. Then we will be together. You know the way to where I am going." Thomas said, "Lord, we don't even know where you are going! How can we know the way?" "I am the way and the truth and the life!" Jesus answered. "Without me, no one can go to the Father. If you had known me, you would have know the Father. But from now on, you do know him, and you have seen him." Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father. That is all we need." Jesus replied: "Philip, I have been with you for a long time. Don't you know who I am? If you have seen me, you have seen the Father. How can you ask me to show you the Father? Don't you believe that I am one with the Father and that the Father is one with me? What I say is not said on my own. The Father who lives in me does these things. Have faith in me when I say that the Father is one with me, and that I am one with the Father. Or else have faith in me simply because of the things I do. I tell you for certain that if you have faith in me, you will do the same things that I am doing. You will do even greater things, now that I am going back to the Father."
Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 21, 2017
Gospel (Based on John 14:15-21)
Jesus said to his disciples: "If you love me, you will do as I command. Then I will ask the Father to send you the Holy Spirit who will help you and always be with you. The Spirit will show you what is true. The people of this world cannot accept the Spirit, because they don't see or know him. But you know the Spirit, who is with you and will keep on living in you. I won't leave you like orphans. I will come back to you. In a little while the people of this world won't be able to see me, but you will see me. And because I live, you will live. Then you will know that I am one with the Father. You will know that you are one with me, and I am one with you. If you love me, you will do what I have said, and my Father will love you. I will also love you and show you what I am like."
Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, Thursday, May 25, 2017
Gospel (Based on Matthew 28:16-20)
Jesus' eleven disciples went to a mountain in Galilee, where Jesus had told them to meet him. They saw him and worshiped him, but some of them doubted. Jesus came to them and said: "I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth! Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to do everything I have told you. I will be with you always, even until the end of the world."
Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 28, 2017
Gospel (Based on John 17:6-9)
Jesus prayed to God: "You have given me some followers from this world, and I have shown them what you are like. They were yours, but you gave them to me, and they have obeyed you. They know that you gave me everything I have. I told my followers what you told me, and they accepted it. They know that I came from you, and they believe that you are the one who sent me. I am praying for them, but not for those who belong to this world. My followers belong to you, and I am praying for them.
Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2017
Gospel (Based on John 20:19-23)
The disciples were afraid of the Jewish leaders, and on the evening of that same Sunday they locked themselves in a room. Suddenlyl, Jesus appeared in the middle of the group. He greeted them and showed them his hands and his side. When the disciples saw the Lord, they became very happy. After Jesus had greeted them again, he said, "I am sending you, just as the Father has sent me." Then he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone's sins, they will be forgiven. But if you don't forgive their sins, they will not be forgiven."